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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Jun 4, 2013 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: songs that made the Hit Parade....

Have to agree - there has never been another show that comes close in terms of talent, humor and sincerity especially surrounding social issues. Honeymooners was another all time great as far as talent ans humor but to me not as deep as All in the family.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jun 4, 2013 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: songs that made the Hit Parade....

My vote goes for M.A.S.H. - unsurpassed writing, great characters, unafraid to tackle issues... TV at its best.

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Poster: mklsgl Date: Jun 5, 2013 5:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: songs that made the Hit Parade....

I don't mean to stretch this thread anymore than need be: That's my disclaimer. But...

Yes, UncleJohn52, "M.A.S.H." stands right next to "All in the Family" as do perhaps a dozen others. Using the Film School 101 criteria (originality, complexity, coherence, and intensity of effect), I would argue that both shows (AITF and MASH) were definitively groundbreaking. I would even include most of the "X-Files" episodes.

IMO (and I've been teaching TV and Video Analysis every semester for 15 years), Jean Stapelton's/Norman Lear's "Edith" was the One from which all others were derived.